Winter weather impacts northern Midwest travel starting tonight

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A 58-year-old woman in Louisiana was killed Wednesday evening when lightning struck a tree, which then fell on her home, according to TV station WDSU.

"I didn't want to spend three days in the airport, missing out on the holidays - New Year's and all that", Anthony Scott told Texas television station KDFW Dallas-Forth Worth International.

Over 11 inches of rain already has poured down some regional areas of Louisiana and MS where flash flood exigencies were provided overnight Thursday into Friday morning. "This was my little vacation".

Additional snow accumulations of around one inch are expected as are slight ice accumulations.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation said there were many no-travel advisories that remained in effect Friday. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.

The plane landed safely and the injured passenger and crew member were treated and released from a local hospital in Austin, the airline said.

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In Kansas, blizzard conditions closed a 75-mile stretch on Interstate 70 from Colby to WaKeeney as well as roads from west of Garden City to the Colorado state line.

A 37-year-old man from Louisiana died in Dunn County, North Dakota, when his vehicle and another collided in "snow fog" on Thursday, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Megan Christopher.

Well, the first phase of a two-day winter storm looks like it lived up to the hype, and now National Weather Service forecasters are predicting that the second and final phase will, too.

The weather service predicted the misery would continue through the weekend. Heavy snow is expected on the eastern plains Friday. This will make travel very hard or impossible.especially in the mountains. As much as 18 inches was possible, NWS said.

Water also flooded more than a dozen homes in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, and a Trader Joe's store near New Orleans lost power during the storm, prompting it to donate perishable grocery items to a food bank.

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